This Week in Atlantic Sun Volleyball: Sept. 12

Thursday, September 13, 2012

MACON, Ga. - Weekend number four of A-Sun volleyball begins on Friday, Sept. 14, as a total of 26 A-Sun volleyball matches are on the docket from Friday through Tuesday, Sept. 18. Conference play also begins during this stretch with three games scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18.

A-Sun Notes (#ASunVB)

• Kennesaw State and North Florida are currently two of the hottest teams in the A-Sun, the Owls on a five-game win streak and the Ospreys winners of four straight. Both teams claimed the titles of the tournaments they hosted last weekend. KSU knocked off Troy, Chattanooga, Tennessee State and North Carolina Central in the KSU Owls Invitational. North Florida defeated Bethune-Cookman, Davidson, Presbyterian College and Florida A&M in the Radisson/North Florida Invitational.

• Lipscomb’s Lauren Ford had a big week, claiming Volleyball Player of the Week honors in the A-Sun and from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. Ford tallied 58 kills and 25 digs during the four matches played last week, along with one assist, one solo block and one block assist and averaged 4.83 kills per set and a hitting percentage of .245. She was also named All-Tournament team in the Arizona Invitational where she had 46 kills and 16 digs including setting a career-high twice in the same day with 19 kills in a 3-0 defeat of Iona and a 3-0 loss to TCU.

• Several A-Sun individuals and teams are ranked among the nation’s best in the first NCAA rankings of the season, released Sept. 11, 2012. Below are where the A-Sun is represented in these rankings:

A-SUN IN NCAA INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS

ACES: No. 40 Dagnija Medina, North Florida (.48/set)

ASSISTS: No. 45 Caitlin Dotson, Lipscomb (10.91/set); No. 48 Britt Claessens, North Florida (10.83/set)

DIGS: No. 13 Nicole Baran, North Florida (5.58/set); No. 30 Emily Rochefort, Mercer (5.24/set); No. 44 Camille Pedraza, Kennesaw State (5.06/set)

A-SUN IN NCAA TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS

ACES: No. 47 USC Upstate (1.55/set)

BLOCKS: No. 47 ETSU (2.50/set)

DIGS: No. 8 Mercer (18.16/set); No. 17 USC Upstate (17.50/set); No. 29 North Florida (17.23/set)

• Because Northern Kentucky is in its transition period to Division I, it is not currently ranked in the NCAA statistics. However, current statistics for the Norse place them among the nation’s best in several categories: ACES T-No. 3 2.06/set; ASSISTS No. 29 13.31/set; KILLS T-No. 21 14.50/set; W-L Pct. T-No. 18 9-1, .900

• Conference play begins Tuesday, Sept. 18, with three matches on the schedule: ETSU at Mercer, USC Upstate at Kennesaw State, and Lipscomb at Northern Kentucky. In A-Sun openers: ETSU is 6-1 since joining the A-Sun in 2005; Mercer is 1-3 in its last four; USC Upstate is 2-3 in its last five; KSU is 2-3 in its last five; Lipscomb is 4-1 in its last five; Northern Kentucky plays its first A-Sun opener.

• Four teams have yet to play a match at home this season: Northern Kentucky, FGCU, Mercer and Jacksonville. NKU and Mercer open their A-Sun seasons with their home openers on Sept. 18, while FGCU hosts North Florida on Sept. 25 and the Dolphins welcome three-time defending A-Sun champ Lipscomb to Swisher Gymnasium on Sept. 28.

• ETSU’s Megan Devine currently leads the A-Sun with eight double-doubles through Sept. 12. The breakdown among other players in the A-Sun is as follows:

Megan Devine, ETSU - 8

Kaley Melville, Stetson - 6

Emily Sanders, USC Upstate - 5

Kelly Morrissey, Northern Kentucky - 5

Turea Jones, Kennesaw State - 4

Jamie Rutledge, ETSU - 3

Sammie Strausbaugh, Stetson - 3

Lauren Ford, Lipscomb - 3

Molly Locke, Mercer - 3

Paige Pridgeon, UNF - 3

Catilin Dotson, Lipscomb - 3

Six tied with 2  

10 tied with 1